Skip to comments.Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales
Posted on 07/29/2012 3:38:40 PM PDT by jazusamo
Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday will announce new legislation to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) said the new law would make the sale of ammunition safer for law-abiding Americans who are sick and tired of the ease with which criminals can now anonymously stockpile for mass murder, in a statement released Saturday.
The lawmakers cite the recent movie massacre in Aurora, Colo. for spurring their bill.
The shooter who killed 12 and injured 58 in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater this month had purchased over 6,000 rounds of ammunition anonymously on the Internet shortly before going on his killing spree, according to law enforcement officials, the statement reads. The shooter used a civilian version of the militarys M-16 rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, a shotgun and two .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns commonly used by police officers.
Lautenberg and McCarthy, who will unveil their new proposal at New Yorks City Hall say they intend to make it harder for criminals to anonymously stockpile ammunition through the Internet.
Lautenberg and McCarthy are two high profile advocates of gun control legislation, but they face an uphill struggle in Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said last week that he does not intend to bring gun control legislation to the floor and President Obama has been reluctant to press lawmakers to act on the issue in an election year.
Democratic senators though have offered an amendment to the cybersecurity bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity magazines by some consumers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) defended it last Thursday as a reasonable gun control measure.
The amendment is identical to a separate bill proposed in January 2011 by Lautenberg also banning the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines.
After the shootings in Colorado, the New Jersey senator urged lawmakers to reconsider his bill.
We need to start today on efforts to prevent the next attack, he said in a statement. We should begin by passing my legislation to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines. No sportsman needs 100 rounds to shoot a duck, but allowing high-capacity magazines in the hands of killers like James Holmes and Jared Loughner puts law enforcement at a disadvantage and innocent lives at risk.
Loughner, the gunman charged in the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-Ariz.) and Holmes, who is the lone suspect in the Aurora theater shootings are both believed to have used high-capacity magazines.
He isn't into “Gun Free Zones”, if you know what I mean. He follows the philosophy that “I would rather be judged by twelve than carried by six”.
How amazing it is that people so easily surrender their personal safety and God Given Constitutional Rights to appease the Useful Idiot Citizenry who support Liberal Politicians and their agenda. Only Fairies and Unicorns exist in a Criminal free Utopia.
We were discussing the “ballistic” clothing the Perp was wearing. I think the Rats are trying to outlaw that too.
Even if a round would not penetrate the clothing, that skinny little Perp would have been knocked off his feet while peeing his pants had anyone even winged him.
Just ranting. I hate Democrat, Liberals and everything they stand for. I'll blame my Brother for getting me all fired up. LOL
You know, I hear tell that on the world market, AKs can be had for $10 each. Is this true?
I went to the gun show today, here in Miami. HUGE show and packed tighter than any I've seen in recent memory. Sales looked brisk. Ammo was a decent price too. Especially the 45 and 9mm that I saw. I wasn't in the market for that having made a bulk buy of shooting ammo a few weeks ago. But I did pick up some 45 Colt, 454 Casull and 460 magnum for my XVR 460. Those prices were excellent. Even better than online and I didn't need to pay shipping or wait for delivery. It's nice to have a heavy caliber revolver that fires three distinctly different calibers. That's what I call DIVERSITY!
So the next nut case will have bought all the ammo locally. How many lives would that have saved?
Duh, that's why we need to limit sales of ammo *everywhere* (step 2 of the game plan)
First off, these assholes never give up. Lautenberg, surprised that walking mummy is still walking. MCCarthy, another joke.
I guess I see now why the NRA supported Reid in the election.
Pump shotguns like the 870 he used generally take at least 5 shells in the magazine. Many take 8.
Don't try to use logic. They are Democrats, the antithesis of anything logical.
It’s best to pay cash anyways.
Yep, or make it illegal to fly planes into buildings.
Or, how about make it illegal to use box cutters as weapons?
Why do the Dems not want Americans with guns?????? New World Order!!!!!They want to control all the people..... SCREW EM!!!!
The corollary to my tag line, of course, is you can’t have too much ammunition.
Thank you. I have been saying this for many years now. The North Hollywood shootout involved drum magazines as well - cheap, unreliable magazines that are prone to jam. If this shooter had been using standard 30 round magazines, the damage would’ve been much worse. 100 round magazines (and even 50 round magazines) are novelty items and nothing more. The military doesn’t use them because they are garbage.
In this case, high-capacity magazines saved lives.
A bit hard to fathom that folks don’t already have thousands in each caliber they need, and a few thousand in other calibers for barter.
Actually, just boxcutters.
I bet they both used the Interstate Highway System in some way connected with their crimes, too! And the Internet!
Idiots like these Congresscritters and this reporter need to buy a clue.